2018’s ‘Worst’ And Most Unsafe Passwords Might Urge You To Change Yours ASAP2 min read


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You might have heard that the safest place is often the most obvious one; unfortunately, this rule does not apply to passwords.

Now in its eighth year, the annual ‘Worst Passwords of the Year’ study by SplashData—a provider of password management applications—reiterates that internet users should not settle on easy-to-guess passwords.

After assessing over five million passwords, the company learned that “terrible” ones like “123456” and “password” have retained the first two spots for most vulnerable. The next five are predictable number sequences; so if your password lies in the same vein as these, you might want to change it pronto.

“Using these passwords will put anyone at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen,” SplashData wrote.

New on the list are “111111,” “sunshine,” “princess,” and “666666”—though these have already been hoisted to be among the top 15.

Interestingly, the word “donald” makes its debut in this year’s ranking, taking the 23rd spot for most dangerous passwords.

“Sorry, Mr President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” described Morgan Slain, SplashData’s CEO.

“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”

Instead of these sequences, the company suggests switching to mixed passphrases of 12 characters or more. It’s also recommended that you use different passwords for all your logins. “That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites.”

The report estimates that nearly 10-percent of internet users have “used at least one” of this year’s 25 “worst passwords,” while almost three-percent have used the riskiest one, “123456.”

Check out SplashData’s worst passwords of 2018, and read about the study in full here.

1. “123456”
2. “password”
3. “123456789”
4. “12345678”
5. “12345”
6. “111111”
7. “1234567”
8. “sunshine”
9. “qwerty”
10. “iloveyou”
11. “princess”
12. “admin”
13. “welcome”
14. “666666”
15. “abc123”

[via MacRumors, cover image via Shutterstock]